WebMatrix Start Building Better Websites

Since the launch of the Microsoft Web Platform Installer there have been almost 2 million downloads of the 5 most popular applications. This made me curious to find out a bit more about what applications modern web developers are using to build for the web. This afternoon I tried my hand at installing and testing…

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The Great Kiwi Windows Azure Competition

The Problem: Lots of kiwi developers are signing up to try Windows Azure but are not actually deploying anything. To understand why this is we have talked with a bunch of local developers to get a feel for what the barriers are to getting started. The two most common responses we received are: Windows Azure…

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The New Trade Me API and Windows Phone 7 Developer Competition

Remember the post from Rowan Simpson from May 2007? Why doesn’t Trade Me have an API? At the end of this post Rowan asks: If we build it will they come? Are there enough developers in New Zealand to justify our effort in creating an API? How many people will actually use it? How many…

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The Orchard Project – Planting a Few Seeds

Orchard is a free, open source, community-focused project aimed at delivering applications and reusable components on the ASP.NET platform. The broad vision of the orchard project is to grow the ASP.NET open source community and partner with existing application authors to help them achieve their goal. The intended output of the Orchard project is three-fold:…

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KENTiCO and WebsiteSpark in New Zealand

I have been noticing an increase in the number of new ASP.NET web sites in New Zealand that have been built using Kentico. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET is a full-featured content management system for building web sites, on-line stores, intranets and Web 2.0 social networks. I have also noticed that Kentico is currently the 2nd…

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Trade Me – .NET Developers Wanted!

Alan Howard, head of development at Trade Me pinged me last night about an expansion of their dev team to bring on broad some new skilled .NET developers. At Trade Me we’re continuing our search for the best web developers in NZ. If you have a passion for web development and a desire to work…

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ACP Media Development Leads To Pure Direction

I have been working with the team at ACP Media for a couple of years and finally at the Expression For Art’s Sake event at Wellington a couple of weeks ago I had a chance to catch up with Dave Harvey, Grant Archibald and Darko Zoroja to discuss their work with Silverlight, ASP.NET MVC and…

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Technical Briefing Wrap and HOLIDAY!

First of all what does it look like to talk to nearly 2000 people? Well here is a picture I found on flickr of 900 people… yup I’m in there #9 top row. Think double this and we will be just about there! It was all of you that made this event so successfull, THANKS!…

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Emerging Web Technologies

I presented today alongside David Bolocker amongst others on Service Oriented Architecture, Web 2.0 and Mashups. I even came up with my own quote… “Software Convergence, is not the reduction of solutions but the expansion of presentation & information to user combinations.” Check out my presentation at http://gobeyond.net.nz/brightstar and tell me what you think. Michael Sampson live blogged…

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Machinima, Scott Guthrie and WPF/E

On April Fools day 4 years ago Red vs. Blue smashed onto the Internet. It has been credited with bringing new popularity to machinima, helping it to gain more mainstream exposure, and attracting more people to the art form. In the world of user generated content the machinima technique involves synchronising video footage from a…

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